Of course, the slot assembly is shiny chrome. The toaster features two slots, neither designated as a ‘master.’ Slots are clearly sized for a standard loaf of bread. They accommodate our home-made, or loafs purchased from our local baker perfectly—but I suspect they may be too shallow for some commercial mega-breads. They will accommodate a bagel, but the toaster does not have a bagel function, and always runs the elements on both sides. Instead, the toaster features a ‘warming rack.’ A slide at the top of the toaster lifts two arms which allow you to grill bagels bistro-style over the toaster’s opening. This works well for that purpose, and is also useful in warming pastries such as croissants or cornetti.
The controls on the toaster are an unexpected joy. A simple radial control sets brownness. The dial operates smoothly—but more importantly, with thirty seconds between rounds it produces very consistent results. More novel is the presence of a straightforward pair of buttons, one to trigger a defrost setting. The other is a press button eject that neither launches toast to the ceiling, nor sticks and struggles against use. Should you lose a bit of bread or too much crumb into the abyss, the catch tray pulls out neatly and easily from the side of the toaster and slides right back in.
What do you think of the Bodum Bistro Toaster?